7 Days of Deals
Ka-ching! Who’s inking on the dotted line this week.
DEAL OF THE WEEK: Maria on Idol: How An $8 Million Deal Came Together: Mariah Carey's July 23 arrival as an American Idol judge looks to be the Fox show's much-needed shot in the arm -- and by most accounts, the deal came together uncharacteristically quickly. After all, it was only on July 13 when Jennifer Lopez told Ryan Seacrest "the time has come" for her to exit America's most-watched singing competition, following in the footsteps of Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler.
Sources say the Carey deal had been hammered out by July 20 and will pay her slightly more than the reported $17 million Lopez was making and far more than the $15 million Britney Spears scored for Fox's The X Factor. "When you add up allowances she gets for wardrobe, hair, makeup and travel, she'll come in close to $18 million," an insider tells THR.
Randy Jackson, Carey's manager in addition to Idol's longest-serving judge, played no small part in locking in the five-time Grammy winner, who has sold more than 200 million records and boasts more No. 1 songs than any other solo artist. (Jackson's Idol role for season 12 is not yet clear.)
As for who will be flanking the diva to her right (or will it be her left, seeing as Carey is particular about camera angles and lighting?), an announcement is expected in the next week or two, said Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly at the network's July 23 Television Critics Association session. Sources say a new judge will almost certainly be male. "It's all about chemistry" is a motto often spoken by executives at producers FremantleMedia, Fox and 19 Entertainment.
Carey, 42, who is working on a new album -- a single called "Triumphant" will be out in August, with a full-length LP likely to come out in the spring (coinciding with Idol, of course) -- is expected to be, among other things, funny. "She's very quick to the draw," says one well-placed insider, who calls Carey "one of the funniest people I know."
One thing she won't be is kooky for kookiness' sake, so those expecting a Paula Abdul sequel will need to look elsewhere. "Mariah is smart, witty and absolutely brilliant when it comes to production, songwriting and music history," says the source. Even former Idol judge Simon Cowell chimed in at TCA with a backhanded compliment: "I like Mariah. I think she's going to find it difficult to say no." -- Shirley Halperin
The Watch Trio Says Aloha
Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill and Shawn Levy had so much fun making The Watch for Fox, they're ready to do it again. The studio is picking up the Hawaii-set comedy pitch Aloha as a development project that would see Stiller (WME, Gang Tyre) and Hill (WME, Jackoway Tyerman) attached to star and Levy (WME, Ziffren Brittenham) attached to direct. The trio also would act as producers. Nicholas Stoller (UTA, Ziffren Brittenham), who worked with Hill on Get Him to the Greek, is in negotiations to pen the script, based on an idea by Hill that Levy, Stiller and Hill fleshed out on the set of The Watch, the sci-fi comedy that opens July 27 and is produced by Levy and his Fox-based banner, 21 Laps. (Akiva Schaffer directs.) The final involvement of the three A-listers will be up to scheduling as well as Stoller's script, according to insiders. -- Borys Kit
Reelz Enters Race for Reality
For a network that bills itself as "TV About Movies," it's fitting ReelzChannel's first foray into competition reality will be a show about films. Race to the Scene will feature contestants who race to and from movie locations as they compete in challenges inspired by cinematic moments. Race, hosted by The Expendables 2 star Dolph Lundgren, premieres in the spring. "It fits into our filter of big stories, big stars and things that revolve around movies," says Reelz CEO Stan Hubbard. The Hochberg Ebersol Co. is producing (it also did The Great Escape at TNT and The Moment at USA). "Our strategy when we got into this was to do big and different, and one way is to get in early with companies," says Justin Hochberg. Now he and partner Charlie Ebersol have been selecting iconic scenes -- think Bruce Willis jumping off the Nakatomi building in Die Hard. For Reelz, Race is part of an originals push: It's also planning the Meg Tilly drama Bomb Girls, a Ken Follett miniseries and the docuseries Beverly Hills Pawn. -- Lacey Rose
Gwyneth Paltrow (UTA, Brillstein, Gang Tyre) is in talks to star in the indie film Blood, Bones & Butter, based on Gabrielle Hamilton's 2011 foodie memoir.
Amy Adams (WME, Brillstein, Sloane Offer) will reteam with The Fighter director David O. Russell on Sony's untitled drama once known as American Bullshit.
Kellan Lutz (Innovative, Zero Gravity, Morris Yorn) and Camilla Belle (UTA, Jackoway Tyerman) will star in the indie drama Love Is All You Need? from WingSpan Pictures.
Kevin Costner (WME, One Talent, Jeffer Mangels) is in talks to star in McFarland, a track-and-field drama that Niki Caro (Whale Rider) is directing for Disney.
Scott Stuber (CAA, Hansen Jacobson) and Dana Fox (WME, Anonymous, Myman Greenspan) are reteaming on the romantic comedy The Gauntlet for Universal, based on their idea. Fox wrote a treatment for the film but is not expected to write the screenplay.
Chuck co-creator Chris Fedak (WME, Ufuse) will write Walden's untitled Harry Houdini project, which Mark Waters (Mean Girls) will direct.
Mad Men's Jared Harris (Paradigm, Gateway) and Lena Headey (CAA, the U.K.'s Troika, Kraditor & Haber) have joined The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, an adaptation of Cassandra Clare's young-adult fantasy novel from Constantin Film and Unique Pictures.
Fox is in negotiations to pick up rights to Ruin, an eight-minute animated short by Wes Ball (APA, Gotham Group, Stone Meyer), for the basis of a live-action movie. Ball is attached to direct the feature and will write the script with T.S. Nowlin. McG will produce with Steve Tzirlin, a Lucasfilm executive behind Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Luke Perry (Innovative, Himber), Frances Fisher (Greene and Associates, Sanders Armstrong, Bloom Hergott) and Joelle Carter (Innovative, Untitled) have signed on to star in Red Wing, a love story directed by Will Wallace.
Producer Neal Moritz is developing a comedic take on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale that turns the heroine into a pesky stalker. Mike Gagerman and Andrew Waller are writing.
Tyler Labine (CAA, Canada's Characters, Jackoway Tyerman) will star opposite Damon Wayans Jr. and Lucy Punch in Someone Marry Barry, a comedy written and directed by Rob Pearlstein and produced by Barry Josephson.
Glee actor Grant Gustin (CESD, Robert Stein) will star in the indie Affluenza, described as a modern Great Gatsby, for director Kevin Asch (Holy Rollers).
Jennifer Jason Leigh (UTA, Untitled, Sloane Offer) will play Emily VanCamp's presumed dead mother in a recurring role on the second season of ABC's Revenge.
Paget Brewster (UTA, Burstein Co., McKuin Frankel) will guest star on the 14th-season premiere of NBC's Law & Order: SVU, playing a staffer in the district attorney's office.
Camilla Luddington (Progressive, Main Title, McKuin Frankel), best known for playing Kate Middleton in Lifetime's telefilm William & Kate, will recur on ABC's Grey's Anatomy, with an option to become a series regular next season. Former Friday Night Lights star Gaius Charles (Gersh, Principal) also will recur.
Clea DuVall (Gersh, Framework) has booked a multiple-episode role on the second season of FX's American Horror Story. Mark Consuelos (CAA, Liebman, Schreck Rose) also has joined the cast in a recurring role as an asylum inmate.
Former American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert (Direct) will guest star and perform in the Halloween-themed episode of ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars.
Pretty Little Liars showrunner Marlene King (Gersh, Morris Yorn) is adapting her 1995 feature Now and Then for ABC Family.
Fox's upcoming The Mob Doctor has enlisted Kevin Corrigan (Innovative, Untitled, Kraditor & Haber) and Terry Kinney (ICM, Brookside) for multiple-episode guest roles as siblings with opposing views of the law.
Heroes alum Santiago Cabrera (Gersh, Management 360, the U.K.'s John Grant, Stone Meyer) will recur on Showtime's Dexter as an investigative writer.
Former Body of Proof star Sonja Sohn (APA, Suskin) will recur on USA Network's Burn Notice, playing a high-level CIA director, and Patton Oswalt (CAA, Generate, Ginsburg Daniels) will appear in two episodes as a quirky smuggler.
Girlfriends actress Golden Brooks (Buchwald/Fortitude, Jackoway Tyerman) is joining the CW's sophomore drama Hart of Dixie, playing a recurring character who makes friends with Rachel Bilson.
TNT has given a pilot order to the post-apocalyptic drama The Last Ship from producer Michael Bay (WME, Sloane Offer). Hank Steinberg and Steven Kane will write.
Lifetime has ordered to pilot two scripted dramas adapted from books: Iris Krasnow's The Secret Lives of Wives and Melissa de la Cruz's Witches of East End. Jill Gordon (CAA) and Maggie Friedman (CAA, Ensemble, McKuin Frankel) wrote the pilots, respectively.
History has given series orders to Counting Cars, a car-flipping show from Danny "The Count" Koker of Pawn Stars. … Fox has renewed Gordon Ramsay's Masterchef for a fourth season.
Former U.S. presidential candidate and general Wesley Clark (Greater Talent Network, Grubman Indursky) will host with Samantha Harris the NBC reality series Stars Earn Stripes, which debuts Aug. 13.
Katie Holmes (CAA, John Carrabino) has signed on for a role in Theresa Rebeck's new play, Dead Accounts. The comedy is scheduled to open this fall at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway.
The Messengers screenwriter Mark Wheaton (Verve, Kaplan/Perrone) has signed with ZOVA Books for the young-adult series Finders & Keepers. The first book, The Sword of the Realm, will be released in summer 2013.
Cinemark Holdings will open a nine-screen, high-end cineplex at the Runway at Playa Vista, a development in the coastal community near Marina del Rey that is expected to open in May 2014. The all-digital complex, one of the exhibitor's NextGen design concepts, will feature one auditorium with a 72-foot, wall-to-wall and ceiling-to-floor screens.
Imax Corp. has inked a 10-year lease renewal for its West Coast headquarters at Santa Monica's Lantana Entertainment and Media Campus. The deal for 65,000 square feet is valued at about $30 million, according to sources. Landlord Lionstone Group was represented by Jim Jacobsen and Scott Rigsby of Industry Partners.
Peter Facinelli, best known for his roles in Twilight and on Showtime's Nurse Jackie, has signed with APA.
Dayo Okeniyi, who played Thresh in The Hunger Games and who will star opposite Shailene Woodley in The Spectacular Now, has signed with UTA.
Luis Prieto, director of the English remake of Nicolas Winding Refn's Pusher, has signed with CAA.
Valorie Curry, a regular on Fox's The Following, has signed with ICM Partners.
Shannyn Sossamon, who starred in A Knight's Tale and is a regular on ABC's upcoming Mistresses, has signed with APA.
THE NEXT BIG THING: Gina Rodriguez
Reps: APA, David Guillod, Jackoway Tyerman Why She Matters: After drawing rave reviews for Sundance drama Filly Brown, the 27-year-old Puerto Rican actress has landed the lead in the indie film Sleeping With the Fishes and has a talent holding deal at ABC.
THE BIG NUMBER: 1,000
Current and former Olympic athletes expected to tweet during the London Games, fueling a new partnership between Twitter, NBC and the IOC that will create a hub to view all the messages in one place.